• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 19, 2015
Season #: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18

Where To Watch

Stream On
Buy On

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 12, 2016
    100
    The writing on Better Call Saul is as tight as any show on television, with every scene feeling like it has thematic or narrative purpose without being overwritten.... Of course, the writing is helped by a cast who seems even more confident this year.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 12, 2016
    100
    The second season of Saul establishes what should have been obvious all along--this is basically just a continuation of “Breaking Bad.” Same themes. Same setting. Same preoccupations. Even same humor. But best of all, same deep, abiding intelligence.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Feb 11, 2016
    100
    Better Call Saul’s new season jumps right back in to the Sandpiper case, law firm culture, Chuck and Jimmy’s now-frosty relationship, as well as Jimmy’s budding romance with Kim, and his association with Mike (who is now an entrenched ally). But what really keeps everything sewn together so beautifully is watching Jimmy when he’s alone.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Feb 10, 2016
    100
    The show's writing is as economic and poetically parred. Each moment is compact, leading to the next with unpredictable, behaviorally astute precision.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Alston
    Feb 16, 2016
    91
    Gilligan and Gould have been wise to set the show far apart from its ancestor, such that it becomes a draw for its clever writing, inventive direction, and nuanced performances rather than its proximity to another story set in the same universe.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 11, 2016
    91
    Creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan isn’t afraid to let it all air out at a measured pace. But Better Call Saul is still avoiding the pitfalls of simply running in place. Instead, great expectations remain intact for a Season 2 that so far continues to make its mark by delivering just a little at a time.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 11, 2016
    91
    The season's first two episodes confirm everything that was obvious by the end of last year: Jimmy's doomed attempt to play things straight and not go back to his con man Slippin' Jimmy ways is much too fertile an area to be abandoned so quickly. It feels like a creative choice rather than a commercial one (as opposed to all those times Dexter Morgan managed to evade the brilliant investigators at Miami Metro because his ratings were too high), and the choice plays out in fascinating ways early in Saul season 2.
  8. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Jan 28, 2016
    91
    Saul is a show that really rewards the viewer's attention to detail--because however much you might pick up on, there's probably at least three levels of meaning you're missing.
  9. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Feb 16, 2016
    80
    The first two episodes of Season 2 should feel then like an elaborate tease, as we see Jimmy slipping into his old rhythms even while reaching for what looks like a brighter future, one that may include Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn). That they don't is due to the show's respect for the present, the place that Jimmy lives right now, and where he still has hope and where anything might yet happen.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 12, 2016
    80
    In its first two episodes, season two of Saul offers a welcome return to form.
  11. Reviewed by: Sam Woolf
    Feb 11, 2016
    80
    As with Breaking Bad’s second season, we get a glimpse of what the future has in store for James McGill, just like in the pilot episode of Better Call Saul. It’s another artful dose of melancholy that Gilligan and Gould occasionally call back to through the first two episodes of season 2, like a suspicious cough that just won’t go away.
  12. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Feb 11, 2016
    80
    Season 2 makes room for Jimmy’s relationship with Kim, and to my mind, it gives the show a jolt of emotional resonance.
  13. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Feb 11, 2016
    80
    Better Call Saul is a good yarn. It is also exactly the sort of show it is hard to imagine getting greenlit on its own merits. It’s great, but its arc--a working stiff who becomes a shadier working stiff, and then, when things get really exciting, the show ends, because the exciting part already happened on another show--is not the sort that sells in the room.
  14. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Feb 5, 2016
    80
    In its second season, Better Call Saul allows us into a new world of complexity by deepening one of the show’s pivotal relationships. It’s the best-case scenario for a spin-off: a show that occupies a familiar world but opens up entirely new themes.
  15. Reviewed by: Spencer Kornhaber
    Feb 16, 2016
    70
    Better Call Saul season two is not yet as gripping as season one’s best episodes were. But there’s plenty of reasons to bet it soon could be.
  16. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 11, 2016
    70
    By the end of the second episode of Better Call Saul's very slow-burning sophomore season, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) finally gets a call reminding us of the Saul Goodman he'll eventually, and regretfully becomes. [15-28 Feb 2016, p.17]
  17. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 10, 2016
    70
    Good because it’s as funny and sweet and prickly as what viewers got in Season 1, with continued standout performances by Odenkirk and Banks, and a very welcome initial broadening of both McKean’s role as Chuck; and Rhea Seehorn’s role as Kim Wexler, Jimmy’s girlfriend. Yet, bad because there’s also more of the same, as Jimmy struggles to stay on the straight-and-narrow and how that struggle tears at him.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 28, 2016
    70
    Better Call Saul continues to display many of the same qualities as “Breaking Bad,” including its disarming quirkiness and embrace of stillness and quiet, as well as its unpredictability and occasional bouts of menace. That said, it’s so laconic, and less urgent in terms of its stakes at this stage, as to at times become a little too sleepy.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 527 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 527
  1. Feb 17, 2016
    10
    There is no better television when Gilligan is involved. The acting, writing and especially character development is just brilliant. "Saul"There is no better television when Gilligan is involved. The acting, writing and especially character development is just brilliant. "Saul" is engrossing and never pandering. The St Clair scene is so incredible that I had to re-watch to enjoy every word and nuance of the three characters. Non-premium cable is the place to find the best in television: Fargo, Breaking Bad, Justified, Saul to name just four. Full Review »
  2. Feb 23, 2016
    10
    I was thinking "there is NO WAY that a BB spin-off about the lawyer is gonna make for a show I'd wanna see". Heck, this show(so far) isI was thinking "there is NO WAY that a BB spin-off about the lawyer is gonna make for a show I'd wanna see". Heck, this show(so far) is 'right up there' with the quality of BB. I don't know how they did it, but just trust me, it is TOP NOTCH television. Full Review »
  3. Feb 15, 2016
    10
    Really Addicted, Funny caracter, Awesome episodes, I really love it. ..Really Addicted, Funny caracter, Awesome episodes, I really love it. .. . Full Review »